Props! Law of the Garbage Truck

It is 2019 and I’m feeling contemplative. 2018 wasn’t a bad year for me but I watched many friends struggle. Many of them are hopeful for twelve months with less stress, better health, and happier people around them.

I’m not one for resolutions because I don’t like the pressure. I would rather tackle growth throughout the year as opportunities arise.

Last year, I extended my yoga training further and have cemented my love for teaching chair yoga. I’m committed to making yoga more accessible. And I’m now wondering what are my next steps.

I have tried to be a good wife and a great mum. I’m trying to raise a strong girl who won’t comply to societal norms.

Yet, I’ve realized there are so many people trying to make being a wife, mom, daughter, employee, business owner, volunteer and friend extremely difficult. I’m starting to look hard at what I want and where I want to be.

I went looking for inspiration and I came across this article I saved awhile ago from Our Life is Beautiful. It is the concept of the Law of the Garbage Truck. Give it a read and leave me your thoughts.

https://www.ourlifeisbeautiful.com/law-garbage-truck/

In the comments, please share inspiring stories like the link above or your hopes for 2019! And remember to follow us and SPROUT a conversation on Twitter – @sproutbalance – and Facebook!

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PROPS to The Kitchn lunchtime ideas | www.sproutingbalance.com | healthy children / kids lunch ideas to help you find balance

It is back to school so every parent begins to fear the school lunch. Do you make it in the morning or prepare the night before? Are you dependent on pre-packaged goods or is everything sliced/diced and ready to go? Are you brown bagging or bento-boxing? Below are two articles from The Kitchn to give you some inspiration. Happy Noshing!

7 Lunchbox Ideas Kids Can Pack Themselves | The Kitchn
Forgot about the children and pack these lunches for you. Click on the link for more details but here is how we apply the seven ideas: Continue reading

Props! to new headlines

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As someone that works in the fitness industry, I enjoy learning new techniques and ways of teaching. I go to the canfitpro conference each year and normally have the opportunity to attend a dozen sessions by internationally renowned presenters.

I used to love flipping through magazines and had several subscriptions to various publications. But they depressed me; instead of promoting health, they were promoting thinness. “Get the Bikini Body” or “20 Ways to Lose 20 Pounds” were repetitive headlines.

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Props! Holiday Edition 2015

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and all through our house, a cold bug has been brewing by my child and the spouse. The stockings are stuffed under the tree without care, and little one is hoping for more presents under there.

Ok – enough of my bad poetry. Here is a round up of some Christmas themed articles for your reading pleasure! Continue reading

Props! Halloween Edition

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This is a last minute Halloween PROPS! to inspire you before this evening’s festivities. In Toronto, we hope the rain will hold off until we are cozy in our living rooms after some trick or treating.

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The picture above is from one of the Halloween themed snacks done by my daughter’s school. Cute Clementine Pumpkins!

SPROUTING COMMUNITY:
Teal Pumpkin Project | Food Allergy Canada
This is an initiative to help children with allergies (and their parents) safely navigate their neighbourhood on Halloween night. If a household is giving out non-food items, they can place a Teal Pumpkin on their doorstep. This lets families know that their child can safely participate with a trick or treat without fear of nut filled candy. My family has been giving out stickers for years instead of candy and my friend has been handing out playdoh. I found that the children were even more excited over these non-candy treats.

SPROUTING CREATIVITY:
DIY Moonlit Mummy Lanterns | Design Mom
Looking for a last minute craft or decoration before the children arrive? This looks to be super easy and I would guess most people have the supplies hanging around the house. There is usually an empty glass jar in the recycle bin, masking tape hanging out in the junk drawer and googly eyes from a preschool craft. Don’t have these items? Get creative with what you have got!

BALANCED RECIPES:
Spooky Spider Cookies | The Kitchn
If you are looking for a last minute and easy to prepare party dish, I think you have found it with these cookies. This recipe is already nut-free but could easily be altered to make it gluten-free or vegan.

GIGGLING TO BALANCE:
Edgar the Spider. A Halloween Story | The Art of Doing Stuff
Just a fun little story about decorating, pyjama days, scary basements, and spider named Edgar.

SPROUTING [P]INSPIRATION:
Looking for some ideas on recipes, organization or things to do with your Lil Sprout? Come check out my Pinterest page and the things that inspire me to become more balanced.

In the comments, please share articles that you read this week that helped you SPROUT some BALANCE! And remember to follow us and SPROUT a conversation on Twitter – @sproutbalance

 

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I’m Hungry.

Perhaps that is why this week’s Props! is all about food. I’m sure you will also be starving after you have read this, but at least you will have some healthy and easy meals to make.

BALANCED RECIPES:
10 Easy Ways to Turn a Wasa Cracker into Lunch | The Kitchn
Have you ever had a Wasa cracker? I have a package of Sesame on my kitchen counter that I have been topping with cheese, avocado, or hummus. I easily get into a lunch rut and these ideas from The Kitchn have reminded me that there are some delicious and quick options out there.

How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice | The Pioneer Woman
I looked high and low in various Toronto grocery stores last autumn for Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix. I never found it and actually picked up a jar at Trader Joe’s on a US trip. Really, I should have made it myself. Super easy … especially considering I have a Bulk Barn across the street with all the necessary ingredients.

LITTLE SPROUTS:
When it Comes to Toddlers Don’t Mess with a Lunch that Works | Food 52
My daughter has a PlanetBox and it was the best investment. My tapas-style kid loves having a variety of options to nibble through and I know that I have included all of the food groups in her little box. The family in this article knows that the sandwich is Lunchtime King and they are sticking to it. There is nothing wrong with that – it works and it is easy.

The Easiest and Most Fun After School Snack | Design Mom
Go ahead and play with your food! I love this idea and will definitely be doing it in our house one day. Instead of me trying to describe it, trust me … click on the link and check out this fun idea!

SPROUTING [P]INSPIRATION:
Looking for some ideas on recipes, organization or things to do with your Lil Sprout? Come check out my Pinterest page and the things that inspire me to become more balanced.

In the comments, please share articles that you read this week that helped you SPROUT some BALANCE! And remember to follow us and SPROUT a conversation on Twitter – @sproutbalance

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I have spent the last few weeks focusing on my LITTLE SPROUT. She started Junior Kindergarten on September 8th and thankfully has adjusted well. This means that our family is learning new routines for both mornings and evenings. My little girl is also staying for lunch, which is an adjustment for all of us. Up until this point, her big meal of the day was at lunchtime and was often a full hot dinner. We have had to be creative since she doesn’t eat sandwiches. I will do another post on this including our love of Planetbox and our lunch ideas to this point.

LITTLE SPROUTS:
Lunch Box Comparison | Wendolonia
During the summer, I did a lot of research on the best lunchbox for my little one. I came across this blog post by Wendolonia after we purchased our PlanetBox. The chart in her post is a fantastic summary of six readily available bento style boxes. Although I am listing this post under LITTLE SPROUTS these are boxes adults can use for their packed lunches too!

SPROUTING HEALTH & WELLNESS:
The Everyday Item That’s Causing You Back Pain and How to Stop It | mindbodygreen
The things we carry everyday whether we are male or female include our wallet, phone, keys and hopefully, a packed lunch for those going to work. Then there are the extras such as a water bottle, a book/reader, random paperwork, diapers, toys, and the list goes on. All these extras mean a heavy bag that our muscles have to carry. Then we have our children with their gym kits, homework, packed lunch and their miscellaneous extra items. I suggest that at a minimum, your child’s backpack is reviewed nightly and the adult bags reviewed on a weekly basis to minimize the extra weight.

EXAMPLE OF SPROUTING BALANCE:
Mom Strips in Public to Push Self-love Message | HLN TV
I haven’t met a person who doesn’t have (or had) issues with their self-esteem. We live in a media driven society that has engulfed us with images of the “perfect” person. This mom striped to a bikini at a public market and posted the following sign: “I’m standing for anyone who has struggled with a self-esteem issue like me because all bodies are valuable. To support self-acceptance, draw a ‘heart’ on my body”. She asked for hearts but got more – after nearly one hour she received hugs, smiles, and words of encouragement.

SPROUTING [P]INSPIRATION:
Looking for some ideas on recipes, organization or things to do with your Lil Sprout? Come check out my Pinterest page and the things that inspire me to become more balanced.

In the comments, please share articles that you read this week that helped you SPROUT some BALANCE! And remember to follow us and SPROUT a conversation on Twitter – @sproutbalance